BIG SUCCESS: The Nindigully Film and Music Festival was a winner.
BIG SUCCESS: The Nindigully Film and Music Festival was a winner. Contributed

Nindigully welcomes hundreds to pay tribute to iconic film

TWENTY years since the iconic hotel was used as the background to the film that launched Hugh Jackman's career, Nindigully was flooded with new faces at its inaugural Film and Music Festival.

Nindigully Hotel owners Steve and Deb Burns welcomed about 400 guests from near and far as Townsville and country Victoria to their establishment, in what they dubbed a huge success.

"The best thing about it was there were over 400 new faces who came to Nindigully, it was a completely different market to the people who come every year for our pig races,” Mr Burns said.

"A lot of them travelled a really long distance to come and join in on the festival.

"The beer garden was packed when we re-premiered the movie and the two film stars and the director who came from as far as LA were just the most beautiful people.

"I would have bought my ticket if I could, there was so much pride in the event and the fact that my wife organised such an incredible event has filled me with so much pride.”

Already looking ahead, the Burnses are hoping to make the event an annual occasion.

"Deb's exhausted, she put six months of her life into it but now she's got 12 months to prepare for next year's hopefully,” Mr Burns said.

"We're hoping the State Government can get behind us again because the place was full.

"Ann Leahy came and she certainly noticed the impact on the town and the wider community. For every head that came here, I reckon they spent at least $1000 each on the whole trip, that's nearly a million bucks spread through the bush.”

Mayor Richard Marsh said he was grateful to spend the weekend in Nindigully.

"I think it's remarkable the attraction this event had,” Cr Marsh said.

"I mean, the movie is iconic and typical of our style of life and how life is inthe bush.

"We as a council were very pleased to be involved and support an icon of the shire. Steve and the team had a lot of skin in the game and put in a lot of effort to make it happen. I'm pleased to see it go as well as it did and to be a part of it.”


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